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Artistic Director for Dance, Assistant Professor of Dance
Carol Estey teaches Musical Theatre Dance, Senior Project, Senior Seminar, Improvisation and Choreography Fundamentals, and Acting. She is the artistic director for the Stephens Dance program and for Stephens Summer Dance. Estey was a Broadway dancer and actor over a career that included eight Broadway shows such as "The Act," starring Liza Minelli, and "Jesus Christ, Superstar." She worked on Broadway with directors and choreographers Gower Champion, Gracielle Danielle, Bob Fosse, Joe Layton, Tom O’Horgan, Onna White and Thommie Walsh. For many years, Estey directed and choreographed musicals in and out of NYC and taught dance at Pace University. She is a founding co-artistic director of Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House in Stonington, Maine, where she directed many productions and produced Alison Chase’s site-specific work "Quarryography."
Assistant Professor of Dance
Deborah Carr teaches Modern Dance, Choreography and Dance History. Upon graduation from Stephens, Carr became a member of Charles Weidman’s Theatre Dance Company in New York City. After Weidman’s death, she established her own company that performed at various venues in New York and the United States, including the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. Besides choreographing her own works, she is often asked to teach the Humphrey-Weidman technique and stage Weidman repertory. She has been a guest artist in London, Dublin and Paris. Besides working with seven different members of the Humphrey-Weidman Company, she has studied with legendary Limon dancers Ruth Currier and Betty Jones and has taught at the Limon Institute. She earned a B.A. from State University of New York, Empire State College; and an M.A. from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Instructor of Classical Ballet
Before teaching at Stephens, Elizabeth Hartwell was the Louisville Ballet School Director from 2004 to 2008, following a long tenure as principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet. Concurrently, she was artistic director of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, an honor company with the Southeastern Ballet Association. From 1996 to 2004, she served on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the Louisville Ballet School. Hartwell previously danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet and Chicago Ballet companies, and appeared as a soloist dancer with the Cincinnati Opera and Pittsburgh Opera ballets. In 2004, she received the Kentucky Governor’s Award for Artist of the Year, for lifetime achievement. She has performed the title role in many full-length classics, including “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Cinderella,” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” In addition to ballets previously listed, her favorite roles include Kitri in “Don Quioxté,” Swanhilda in “Coppélia,” and major roles in shorter works such as Anthony Tudor’s “Echoing of Trumpets” and “Gala Performance,” Mikhail Fokine’s “The Firebird,” and George Balanchine’s “Serenade” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” As a movement educator, she recently earned her level two teaching certification in the Franklin Method. She previously attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts High School.
Nancy Stoy, who teaches Ballet and Pedagogy, has been an adjunct faculty member at Stephens College for many years. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, with an emphasis in Cecchetti Method and Pedagogy. She performed in Omaha-Dancescape and has taught in the U.S., London and Canada. Stoy teaches at the Halcyone Perlman School of Dance in Columbia and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto. She teaches ballet to dance majors at Stephens in the summer plus dance pedagogy and non- major beginning ballet during the regular fall and spring semesters.
Maggie Dethrow, who teaches Modern and Tap, earned her B.F.A. in Dance under the founder of the Stephens dance program, Harriette Ann Gray. While a student at Stephens, she received her ballet training from John Marshall (Royal Academy of Dance) and had extensive training in world dance from Rebecca Harris. After graduation, she became a member of the Harriette Ann Gray Dance Company that was in residence at Stephens. She and her sister co-choreographed musicals for Stephens such as “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye-Bye Birdie’” and “Godspell.” Dethrow currently teaches at DanceArts in Columbia and at Stephens College.